Thrice-widowed, she’s on trial in death of husband No. 2

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Opening statements could begin soon in the complicated case of thrice-widowed Emma Raine.

She’s on trial in the death of her second husband in New Orleans 2006. And that case is linked to the mysterious death of her third husband in Mississippi in 2011.

When he died, that third husband, James Raine, had been implicated in the 2006 death of the second husband, Ernest Smith.

Another twist: Last year, a Mississippi sheriff said Emma Raine is also being investigated in James Raine’s death. No arrests have been made in that case.

As for the Ernest Smith case, Emma Raine is charged with second-degree murder. She has pleaded not guilty.

Jury selection began Tuesday and opening statements could start Wednesday. Conviction would mean mandatory life in prison for the 52-year-old woman.